As victories go, this one certainly falls in the hard fought category and the acting boss was keen to praise the team as a whole for the graft and stealth displayed against the Champions League chasers. The team defended from front to back and limited the dual threat of Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy to little clear sight of goal as the back four was superbly protected by Michael Brown and Ledley King.
It was a touch of good fortune that settled the game in our favour in the end when Andy O'Brien prodded Stephane Dalmat's loss cross into his own net under pressure from Robbie Keane. David agreed that the introduction of the Frenchman added a fizz to our right flank that worked for us on the day.
"Yes he did - he puts some tension into defenders," considered David. "At times he puts some tension into our own defenders as well, when he goes his runs and loses the ball he can put people out of position.
"He is a gamble worth taking and I'm delighted that he helped make the goal.
"They all did well - it was a group result especially in terms of defending. Everybody worked, even from the front - where it was a hard game to manufacture chances.
"I can only take great pleasure from the result."
A further bonus came with the return of Christian Ziege and Jamie Redknapp to the first team fold for a game that David felt required experienced heads in the 16.
"Christian gave us more experience and a balance on the left," he added. "We sacrificed John Jackson for the day and it was a game for men, there is no question about that.
"We bought in Jamie for the last 20 minutes and that was a difficult decision to bring him in and put him on the bench, it was one I really toyed with.
"He came on and played with that calm of an international player. There was lots of good work all around the team and it reminded me a little bit of our battle against Liverpool here.
"Sometimes you have to work very hard to finally get your just rewards - we got them here."
There was a glow of satisfaction on the features of David Pleat as he began to dissect the performance in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.